(NEW) Spanish LSA Plus in Barcelona

For 2022-2023 the Department will offer a Spanish LSA+ program in Barcelona, Spain, in Winter 2023. Applications for the LSA+ Barcelona in Winter 2023 are due February 1st, 2022.

Spanish LSA+ in Barcelona Winter 2023

This new LSA+ in Barcelona, Spain is offered each Winter, starting in 2023.

The LSA+ program in Barcelona, Spain is led by a faculty member of the Spanish and Portuguese department. Students live with Spanish-speaking families for the entire term. The program offers SPAN 20 (Writing and Reading: A Critical and Cultural Approach), SPAN 22 (Modern and Contemporary Spanish Artistic and Cultural Production) and SPAN 32 (Introduction to Hispanic Studies III: 20th - 21st Centuries). Occasionally, the program may offer SPAN 30 or 31.

These curricular offerings are complemented with weekly cultural field trips through the city led by Angel Lopez, our Art field guide, and three one-day excursions to places of interest, including the city of Girona, the Dali museum in Figueres, and a visit to the medieval monastery of Montserrat, an iconic site for Catalan identity. In addition to these, there is a four-day excursion to Madrid and Toledo just before the week-long break in the middle of the term.

For more information, here is a video of the Dartmouth LSA in Barcelona: 

Director: LSA+ Barcelona Winter 2023: Beatriz Pastor.


To apply for the LSA+, students must complete SPAN 9 or 15; be exempt from SPAN 9 based on test scores; or receive the program director's permission.

The City

Barcelona is a beautiful city located on a narrow Mediterranean coastal plain of northeastern Spain, with a population of nearly 2 million. A true meeting point of Mediterranean cultures through the centuries, it has long been one of the most exciting and multicultural cities in Spain. Its incredible array of architectural styles and daring achievements from Roman walls to Gaudi, bears witness to that diversity. The old city lies close to the harbor. Its chief feature is Las Ramblas, a broad tree-lined avenue leading to the Plaza de Cataluña. Wide boulevards occupying the site of ancient walls surround the precinct. The old city contains remains of the Roman settlement, a medieval cathedral and many ancient palaces and houses. The newer neighborhoods have grown close to the coast, along a string of beautiful public beaches bordered by walkways and restaurants.

Barcelona is also the site of several universities, among them the University of Barcelona, host of our LSA. The University of Barcelona was founded by Alfonso V, King of Aragón, in 1430, and is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. There are a number of museums and galleries, including an important collection of works by Picasso, Miro and Tapies, and one of the finest museums of Romanesque art in the world. Perhaps the most famous building in Barcelona is Antonio Gaudi's unfinished Sagrada Familia church, begun in the late 19th century and characterized by its cluster of openwork spires. However, once visitors return home, the two images of this extraordinary city that remain most vividly may be its art nouveau Modernista architecture and the brightness of its beautiful Mediterranean light.